Six Degrees of Separation September 2020

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Welcome to our second edition of Six Degrees of Separation. Once again, we are a couple of days late for this monthly feature, but at least we do still jump on the wagon. We apologize profoundly to our host, Books are my Favorite and Best

On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Books can be linked in obvious ways, for example: same authors, same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or you might choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read in the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend or books that remind you of a particular time in your life. The choices are endless here!  

This month's chain is set of with Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. I'm not one for American Politics, we have our own circus here on the Southern Part of Africa. But I think I might actually enjoy this one.

What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?
In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, and she’s on the forefront of student activism and the women’s rights movement. And then she meets Bill Clinton. A handsome, charismatic southerner and fellow law student, Bill is already planning his political career. In each other, the two find a profound intellectual, emotional, and physical connection that neither has previously experienced.
In the real world, Hillary followed Bill back to Arkansas, and he proposed several times; although she said no more than once, as we all know, she eventually accepted and became Hillary Clinton.
But in Curtis Sittenfeld’s powerfully imagined tour-de-force of fiction, Hillary takes a different road. Feeling doubt about the prospective marriage, she endures their devastating breakup and leaves Arkansas. Over the next four decades, she blazes her own trail—one that unfolds in public as well as in private, that involves crossing paths again (and again) with Bill Clinton, that raises questions about the tradeoffs all of us must make in building a life.
Brilliantly weaving a riveting fictional tale into actual historical events, Curtis Sittenfeld delivers an uncannily astute and witty story for our times. In exploring the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still run mostly by men, Rodham is a singular and unforgettable novel.
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1st Degree: 11/22/63 by Stephen King This one links up perfectly. Another tour-de-force of fiction featuring an American President and his First Lady. This happens to be my mommy's favorite Stephen King.

2nd Degree: The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby The gorgeous Chanel suit that is synonymous with the events of the 22nd of November 1963. We haven't read this one yet, will get to it. I would love to curl up on that soft wool.

3rd Degree: Jackie and Maria: a Novel of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas by Gill Paul This one is very high on my Mommy's TBR list. Still with the classy lady who wore that Pink Suit and her enigmatic, critically acclaimed rival, the finest soprano in the world - Maria Callas. 

4th Degree: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman This book also features a very strong woman and a passionate love affair that sparks a scandal. 

5th Degree: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert I just love all these strong women featured today who refuse to play by the rules. 

6th Degree: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Heroic women who refuse to be cowed by men or social convention. I love those. I hope I can be considered as one. 

And that's how you link 6 books without even realizing that they all feature women who are like teabags. 


Wise words from another First Lady.

May you enjoy your cup of tea this September. 

Lots of  Love,

Elza



22 comments

  1. I love your strong woman theme! I haven't read any of the books in your chain, but I would like to read The Giver of Stars.

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    1. Hi Helen! Thank you! I've enjoyed The Giver of stars, I believe it's worth the read.

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  2. Brilliant! This is such a great idea! I must read Rodham, I think American politics can be on UK tv some times more than our own!

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    1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much! I would love to see what you would do with Six Degrees. Maybe you should give it a try next month...

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love how you linked them all as being like teabags. Great list!

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    1. Hi Linda! Thanks so much. I truly only realized it at the end of my post.

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  4. I've read none of these books, but enjoyed how you linked them. Love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote.

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    1. Hi Yvonne! All of these are really good reads. Let me know if you get to read any of them.

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  5. As an American, I wish I could ignore American politics sometimes. Ugh. I love the way you connected your strong women! The only book I've read from your list is 11/22/63. I'll have to look up your other books because they all sound like books I would enjoy!

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    1. Hi there Jen! Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you get to read some of them.

      Here in Africa, we can just laugh at our politics. Otherwise we might cry all the time....

      I will tell you guys all about the "fun" we had this week again on Sunday!

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  6. Great list and a very unusual way to make connections!

    I haven’t read any of these but I like any book that doesn’t make a woman’s sole interest the finding of a man to do it all for her. In fact I’m just thinking about this very thing for another challenge - #sixforsunday’s ‘Good Role Models’, so thanks for the ideas!

    I find both US and Westminster politics so utterly depressing and terrifying at the moment that I don’t watch the news. And I thank my lucky stars I live in Scotland, with a sane First Minister and people with values other than greed and selfishness.

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    1. Hi Rosemary! So glad you stopped by for a visit and that my books can be an inspiration for another post! Feel free to use whatever you like.

      You are from Scotland! Do you ever chat to Heather from Random Redhead Ramblings?

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  7. Love your chain,especially the link to The Pink Suit. I am about to read Jackie and Maria!

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    1. Hi Marg! I'm soooo jealous! Really want to get my hands on it!

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  8. Great chain, but... I refused to read Giver of Stars because I am convinced that Moyes stole hunks of Kim Michele Richardson's book "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" for her book. In fact, the opening scene of Moyes book - the attempted rape - is almost word for word a scene in Richardson's book. Oh well...

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    1. Hi Davida! I didn't know that. I've seen "The women of Troublesome Creek", but haven't read it yet. I do hate it when plots are too similar...!

      Hope you will have a good weekend!

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  9. I love this chain and your theme! You've alerted me to several books I would like to try.

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    1. Hi there Sandra! So glad to hear that. I do hope there will be a library in heaven, because there are still so many books I want to read....

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  10. Fun meme. Loved how the pink suit comes into play.

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    1. This really is fun meme! You should join in.

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